Draw Back Your Bow

Sam Cooke born in Clarksdale Mississippi on January 22, 1931.  His father was a Baptist minister who moved to Chicago in 1933 along with his wife and his 8 children.  As a teenager Sam would join the gospel group the Teen Highway QCs, which would lead him to joining the Soul Stirrers at the age of 19.  In 1957, Cooke released his first number one hit, ‘You Send Me’, which music fans loved so much, that it toppled Elvis’ ‘Jailhouse Rock’ from the top of the charts.  Forging a link between soul and pop, he had a diverse repertoire that attracted both black and white audiences, and started his own record label and publishing company.  Cooke died on December 11, 1964, in Los Angeles, California at the age of 33 from a gunshot wound.  Sam was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

‘Cupid’ is a song that was written and recorded by American singer Sam Cooke, that was released on May 16, 1961.  It charted at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 20 on the Hot R&B Sides chart, and it also peaked at number seven on the UK Singles Chart.  ‘Cupid’ was ranked at number 458 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.  Cooke’s producers Luigi Creatore, and his cousin Hugo Peretti had asked him to write a song for a girl they had seen on a Perry Como TV show who looked cute when she kept staring at Perry Como, but once they heard her sing, they decided to keep ‘Cupid’ for Cooke.  Cooke came up with the idea to drop in the sound of an arrow being fired “straight to my lover’s heart” whenever the song called for it.  Personnel on the recording included Cooke’s session regulars Clifton White and Rene Hall on guitar, Clifford Hills on bass, Earl Palmer on drums and Joseph Gibbons on guitar and banjo.  Singer, guitarist, songwriter and AllMusic critic Bill Janovitz who also authored the Exile on Main St. book described the track as being a “perfect pop song” which combines “Latin, R&B, jazz, and mainstream pop elements”.

The Greek Eros and Roman Cupid always had a bow and arrow which he used to shoot the power of love whenever he wanted people to fall in love.  According to Shakespeare, the reason was because as a chubby little boy, Cupid often changed his feelings about things especially those having to do with love.  The chubby winged cherub named Cupid shooting his bow and arrow at a pair of lovers is one of the most common images that we see on Valentine’s Day.  Cupid was the son of Mercury, the winged messenger of the gods, and Venus, the goddess of love.  Cupid did not do shoot people with his arrows for their benefit, as this was done to drive them crazy with intense passion, to make their lives miserable, and to laugh at the results, because he loved mischief.

Cupid is a moon, the inner satellite of Uranus.  It was discovered by Mark R. Showalter and Jack J. Lissauer in 2003 using the Hubble Space Telescope.  It was named after a character in William Shakespeare’s play Timon of Athens.   The Cupid was a sculpture created by Renaissance artist Michelangelo in 1496, which he artificially aged to make it look like an antique.  It was this sculpture which first brought him to the attention of patrons in Rome.  The work is now lost.  Cupid is also one of Santa’s reindeer along with Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolph.

Cupid, draw back your bow
And let your arrow go
Straight to my lover’s heart for me, for me
Cupid, please hear my cry
And let your arrow fly
Straight to my lover’s heart for me
Now, I don’t mean to bother you
But I’m in distress
There’s danger of me losing all of my happiness
For I love a girl who doesn’t know I exist
And this you can fix
So, Cupid, draw back your bow
And let your arrow go
Straight to my lover’s heart for me, nobody but me
Cupid, please hear my cry
And let your arrow fly
Straight to my lover’s heart for me
Now, Cupid, if your arrow make her love strong for me
I promise I will love her until eternity
I know between the two of us her heart we can steal
Help me if you will
So, Cupid, draw back your bow
And let your arrow go
Straight to my lover’s heart for me, nobody but me
Cupid, please hear my cry
And let your arrow fly
Straight to my lover’s heart for me
Now, Cupid
Don’t you hear me
Calling you?
I need you
Cupid
Help me
I need you
Cupid
Don’t fail

Written for Love Is In Da Blog where Bee asks us to find a love song about Cupid for the spirit of Valentine’s Day.

14 thoughts on “Draw Back Your Bow

    1. You can always suggest prompts, but I have them set up through the first Sunday in April for now.
      A line in this song says, “Cupid, please hear my cry” and on March 1, 2020 the prompt will be Listen/Hear/Talk/Speak so that is your opportunity.

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